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The Officially Authorized Graphic Novel of the original 1968 film. It's just in time for the 50th Anniversary, this October! Join us!
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This is an Officially Authorized NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD product
This is an Officially Authorized NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD product

For the first time ever, we have compiled all our issues of Night of the Living Dead graphic novels, including Prelude (pre-film story,) and  Aftermath (post film story); into one huge volume. Also know that we never reprinted Prelude and Aftermath since their original release. This new edition graphic novel will be over 230 pages and have all the original dialog. In addition, there will be an all-new art gallery including the four, never published covers by Stephen R. Bissette, stunning art by Richard Bonk, as well as exclusive photos and interviews with the original 1968 cast members. The final book will be over 250 pages of material.

Most importantly, this is an OFFICIALLY AUTHORIZED product for which the creators of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD will receive a portion of all net profits from each book sold. 

Spectacular wraparound cover by Stephen R. Bissette (c)2013
Spectacular wraparound cover by Stephen R. Bissette (c)2013

Here are some comments by the author of Xerox Ferox, John Szpunar:

 NIGHT… of the LIVING DEAD!  

Some time ago, amigo Steve Bissette posted a query on Facebook. I can’t remember his exact words, but the gist of the question went something like this: “In your opinion, what are some movies that every student of comic book artwork should see?” I puzzled over this one for some time. The German expressionists immediately sprang to mind, as well as the works of Mario Bava, Orson Welles, and Terry Gilliam. I thought of Brian De Palma, with his masterful use of the split-screen. Jean Luc Godard came to mind, as well. His brilliant use of jump cuts echoed the comic book sentiment that I believe Steve was referring to. The classic shower scene in Psycho soon followed. And then… I got to thinking about George A. Romero and his self-proclaimed “Cubist” style of editing. “Good Lord!” I thought! George’s movies actually WERE living comic books! And there is no better example than Night of the Living Dead. George was a self-proclaimed EC Comics fanatic, and the influence of his comic book style of editing is evident in ALL of his early films. Dawn of the Dead. Martin. The Crazies. Creepshow. And, especially, in Night of the Living Dead. Move over, Miller and Rodriguez! NOTLD is a graphic novel come to life! All these years later, it would make sense for a team of comix artists and writers to revisit the fertile stomping grounds that George once tread. And what do you know? The time has come! FantaCo Enterprises is proud to announce the OFFICIALLY AUTHORIZED "50th Anniversary NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD" Graphic Novel! Don’t dare miss out on this one! Please stay a while and visit with us. We’re coming to get YOU!!! ~John Szpunar

Original cover of FantaCo's NOTLD #2 by Carlos Kastro
Original cover of FantaCo's NOTLD #2 by Carlos Kastro

Turning the movie into a graphic novel took us years. The storyboards were done by Eric Stanway, and the lettering was by Mary Kelleher. The appropriately dark and moody B&W art was done by Carlos Kastro - now  a well regarded painter.

The original cover for FantaCo's NOTLD #3 by Carlos Kastro
The original cover for FantaCo's NOTLD #3 by Carlos Kastro
The original cover for FantaCo's 1991 NOTLD Complete Graphic Novel
The original cover for FantaCo's 1991 NOTLD Complete Graphic Novel
New artwork by Richard Bonk (c)2017
New artwork by Richard Bonk (c)2017

 And here is an extra special perk for hardcore NOTLD fans!! We are minting a huge 3 inch coin for the 50th Anniversary. It is done in high relief and looks just incredible. Only 100 serial numbered coins will be produced for the entire world. This coin is officially authorized by Image Ten.

Official NOTLD 50th Anniversary coin
Official NOTLD 50th Anniversary coin
Stephen R. Bissette's 1988 cover for issue #2 (never published)
Stephen R. Bissette's 1988 cover for issue #2 (never published)

Email from John A. Russo endorsing FantaCo and Tom Skulan:

John Russo email - portions redacted for privacy purposes.
John Russo email - portions redacted for privacy purposes.
John Russo and George Romero
John Russo and George Romero

Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges for this project are ones of production. ALL of the art is done so we do not have to contend with late art. We do however, have to turn all of the art into a digital format for printing. That takes time and great care.
Another potential challenge is the sheer size of this book. While our printer has handled books up to 3X this size, there are still printing problems that could occur. Obviously there is no way to know this in advance.

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